In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Resumption Resources

Here is a reminder of various tools and resources available to support OSU Extension’s resumption and transition to modified operations, as well as our continued remote work and virtual programming.

University resources:

Extension resources:

You can also find these on our Extension COVID-19 resources page under “Resources to use.”

Program leaders and statewide coordinators are developing and providing guidance for specific types of programming, and volunteer activities within.

Don’t forget about the Virtual Extension resources with tips and guides for remote and virtual programming, as well as recordings of previous Extension professional development sessions on a variety of topics.

New Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8721, A Guide to Hedgerows: Plantings That Enhance Biodiversity, Sustainability and Functionality
Pamela Monnette, Jude Hobbs
Revised. Hedgerows are living fences with the ability to grow food, shelter wildlife, save water, manage weeds and look beautiful all year round. Study the many benefits of hedgerows, and learn what you need to know to plant your own living fence.

EM 9136, Water-wise Gardening in Central Oregon
Amy Jo Detweiler
Revised. You can have a colorful and beautiful landscape while conserving water and saving time, energy and money. Learn innovative conservation techniques for water-wise gardening, or xeriscaping, in central Oregon. Full plant lists give you plenty of options!

EM 9290, Buenas Practicas en el Campo Para Trabajadores Agrícolas/Good Agricultural Practices for Food Safety
Luisa Santamaria, Maria Marlin
New.La agricultura es un sector muy importante de la economía de Oregon. Como trabajador en la agricultura, lo que haces puede tener efectos en todas las personas que consumen las frutas o vegetales que cosechas. Cada uno de ustedes tiene mucha responsabilidad para prevenir la contaminación de los alimentos que maneja. Esta serie de videos cubre buenas prácticas para los trabajadores agrícolas. El audio es español y los subtítulos son inglés.

Agriculture is an important part of Oregon’s economy. As a worker in agriculture, what you do has effects on the human population that consumes the fruits. You have a lot of responsibility to prevent contamination of the food you handle. This series of videos shows good practices for agriculture workers. Audio is Spanish and subtitles are English.

PNW 741, Pacific Northwest Watermelon Production East of the Cascades
Scott Lukas, Logan Clark, Kenneth Frost, Linda Brewer
New. Here are steps to successful commercial watermelon production in the Columbia Basin and other warm-climate regions of the Pacific Northwest. You’ll learn best practices for cultivar selection, site preparation, planting, pollination, irrigation, pest management (weed, insect and disease), harvest, and marketing.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

With no professional development sessions scheduled this week, now is a perfect time to catch up on past sessions you may have missed. Recordings and session resources, such as slides and handouts, are available. You can filter by topic or search to find sessions of interest.

Please share your feedback to help us plan for future sessions. Is there a topic you’d like an “advanced” or follow-up version of? Would an open Q&A or office hours/help-type session on any previous topic be useful? Do you want to offer a statewide professional development session? Contact Victor Villegas to share feedback and coordinate.

Thursday, July 9 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network

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Come learn how to increase participant participation and input on Zoom through using Mentimeter and the Zoom whiteboard with Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension

Session Audience: Staff and faculty that engage in the design, instruction and evaluation of education programs

Join via Zoom

Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

What’s next and a look back to where we started

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

The Fight for Tenure: An Uphill Battle for Minoritized Faculty
Complimentary webcast on Wed., July 1, 10-11:30am. The tenure denial of Dr. Paul C. Harris, an education professor at The University of Virginia, has galvanized the nation. Support for Dr. Harris’s appeal to UVA’s Faculty Senate Grievance Committee is growing with thousands signing on to a letter demanding “Tenure for Paul”. Black and other minoritized faculty have long complained about an implicit bias in the tenure and promotion process. In this webcast, Dr. Harris will be in conversation with Dr. Jamal Watson, Editor-at-Large at Diverse about his particular case. After the conversation with Dr. Harris, the program will follow with a panel discussion of faculty experts.

Roots of the Soil: Land Succession Issues among African American Farm Families

This webinar on Wed., July 8 will focus on the unique challenges faced by African American farm families regarding the transfer of land from generation to generation. Program speakers will discuss the importance of and the power inherent in land ownership by African American farmers.  They will provide historical perspectives highlighting the growth of African American farm ownership from Emancipation until the 1920s, as well as the subsequent land loss since that time and the reasons for the decline. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

Black Minds Matter: A Five Part Series Beginning July 16, 2020
Black Minds Matter addresses the experiences and realities of Black students in education. Black Minds Matter is a national movement that draws parallels between the policing of Black lives and schooling of Black minds. This course from CORA Learning will balance a discussion of issues facing Black students as well as offer research-based strategies for improving their success.

DEI In the News

Oregon-Oregon State drop ‘Civil War’ moniker from rivalry games (Register-Guard)

Oregon and Oregon State are hoping to renew the football rivalry between the schools for the 124th time on Nov. 28. (see also Inside Higher EdOPB NewsKGW)

What Role Should Higher Education Play in Combating Racism? 

(Diverse Edu)As anti-racist protests continue across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd – a Black man who died after a Minnesota police officer pinned his neck to the ground – college and university leaders are asking themselves what role higher education can play in confronting racism and structural inequity in the United States.

Extension in the News

Charlton named director of OSU Klamath Basin research station

Capital Press
Brian Charlton was named director of the Klamath Basin research and Extension Center on June 26 after serving the last two years as interim director.
All Hail the Marionberry, Prized Jewel of the Pacific Northwest
Civil Eats
According to Bernadine C. Strik, professor of horticulture and berry crops specialist at Oregon State University, that perfect flavor comes down to chemistry: Marionberries have a 14% sugar concentration, 1.5% acidity, and a pH of 3.2, which is similar to the pH of a sweet strawberry. For non-horticulturalists, that means it’s delicious.
Cook your compost to the same temperature as your burgers
Food Safety News
Not yet certain you are up for a formal master gardener program? You may enjoy the free Oregon State University Online Intro to Master Gardener Program for informative videos and lessons.
Oregon lawmakers approve state meat inspection to strengthen local meat
Capital Press
Furthermore, the USDA will cover the costs of inspection while the meat processor would have to pay ODA fees to cover part of the agency’s cost, said Rebecca Thistlethwaite, director of Oregon State University’s Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network.
Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
Guest column by Chip Bubl.
Food Hero program is teaching children to be healthy
The Register-Guard
Food Hero was at Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Market last Saturday handing out bags full of goodies, which included fresh herbs, recipes, spice blend samples, and craft activities for kids.

In this week’s issue:

PFLA Discussion

How can the Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) help grow your own skills, connections and career? Join us on Wednesday, June 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for an interactive discussion and opportunity to connect. All OSU Extension professional faculty are especially invited to join! Non-members: Please contact Gretchen Dursch, PFLA Director of Professional Development to register & receive the ZOOM link.

Addition to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9247, The Home Ignition Zone: Protecting Your Property from Wildfire
Max Bennett, Clint Nichols
New. Wildfire is inevitable — learn what you need to know to prepare your home and property. Handy worksheets help you assess each zone of your property to reduce the threat wildfires pose. This publication is one of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines.

New Food Preservation Marketing Tools and Initiatives

As the season for food preservation kicks into high gear, new tools are available that can be customized by county. Look for the “Food Preservation Tips” and “Safe Canning Do’s and Don’ts” brochures and a “Food Preservation – Help you can rely on” flyer in Box. You’ll find them in the Extension and AES/Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration/Templates/Food Preservation Templates folder. Consider sharing them with local retailers that sell food preservation supplies. For accessibility, Word documents with larger print are available. Spanish translations also are being explored.

Bi-Mart stores throughout Oregon now have OSU Extension resources and food preservations tip signage located in stores wherever food preservation supplies are for sale. Wilco will be sharing copies of the “Food Preservation Tips” brochure at each of their 15 Oregon locations. The brochures provide local Extension office contact information. EESC will keep a close eye on catalog and website metrics to gauge the impact of the promotions. This visibility for OSU Extension food preservation is thanks to the creative thinking of Family and Community Health faculty members Nellie Oehler and Jillian Drewes both with Extension in Lane County.

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — August 1, 2020

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is August 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

  • “Growing the Endowment Fund”

Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at:
  • Contributions may be made to the endowment as you complete the on-line process. Be sure to note the following information when completing the on-line process section called Gift Information (where it asks which program you would like your gift to support—please enter the following number and fund name): 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, June 24 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 26 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The resources in today’s blog are those that help us with those wide-distribution digital communications we rely on from time to time. We are talking about enewsletters.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions
Wednesday, June 24, 2:00 p.m. In this webinar, presenters from the Equity Institute, Peralta Community College and CORA Learning will address tangible strategies for addressing anti-Blackness in schools, colleges, and universities. All educators and institutions looking for concrete strategies and next steps should attend.

Addressing Racism Through Youth Voice: Corvallis Boys & Girls Club recording
On June 15, BGCC hosted the “Addressing Racism Through Youth Voice” Zoom panel to share the realities of local youth experiencing racism and discrimination in Corvallis schools and communities.

Juneteenth Oregon 155th Anniversary livestream recording
The Juneteenth Oregon Celebration was founded 45 years ago by the late and beloved community leader Clara Peoples. Peoples introduced the tradition, from Muskogee, Oklahoma, to her co-workers at the Kaiser Shipyards in Portland after learning it was unknown in this part of the country. Visit the event webpage for a recording of musical preformances, speakers and interviews, and to learn more about the history and future of the event.

DEI In the News

Corvallis resident addresses rotary club on history of racism, how to be better allies (Gazette-Times)
“Growing up in Corvallis, I didn’t necessarily experience racism,” he said. “I experienced this other thing called ignorance.” A white girl in his Hoover Elementary School class told him he’d make more friends if he bleached his skin. She didn’t know what she said was racist. Neither did Carson, until years later. But that day, he ran to the bathroom and cried because her words hurt all the same.

Governor, senators, others react to U.S. Supreme Court ruling (KTVZ)
Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray released the following statement about the opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Are We Really Serious About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? (Diverse Edu Views)
While I believe that most faculty members and leaders, no matter their race or ethnicity, value diversity and are committed to the concepts of equity and inclusion — and may even have specific goals to improve diversity — progress is stalled. Actions do not seem to match rhetoric. The question is, are we in higher education truly sincere in what we say about the value of diversity, equity and inclusion?

Extension in the News

Two pesticides found to shorten bee’s lifespan
New Food
Honeybees might be exposed indirectly through pesticide drift, said study co-author Ramesh Sagili, associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Leaders working on modified plan to hold fair youth activities
Blue Mountain Eagle
Grant County Oregon Extension Office/4-H is working on modified plans to hold livestock auctions and youth activities that work within the Phase 2 state guidelines, 4-H Coordinator Bonni Booth said Monday.

UPDATED: HR Co. Fair will be 4-H, FFA event
Hood River News
As for 4-H and FFA events, Rice said, “We feel it is important to uphold long time community traditions, as well as give the youth in our community the opportunity to showcase their 4-H and FFA projects that they have worked so hard to prepare for fair.”

Deschutes County Fair…on a smaller scale
The Bulletin
Candi Bothum, the coordinator for the Deschutes County 4-H program, is trying to make it happen for the kids this year — though as a “mini-fair” that looks much different.

Farmers’ market set to launch Sunday for first of six weekends in Philomath
The Philomath Express
“I think the big thing is if folks want to see it in the future, this year is the year to show up and shop here and show us that you want this in your community,” said Pami Monnette, a steering committee member who works with the Oregon State University Extension Service’s Small Farms program.

In this week’s issue:

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader,

Our commitments to helping end systemic racism

You will notice that our Extension homepage, as well as our DEI page, have been updated to more clearly state publicly our commitment. To carry this forward, you can help share these statements publicly along with program actions and outcomes.

For program coordinators creating calls to action

  • If your program web presence lives within the OSU Extension website, you could add your program’s actions on your subpages.
  • Once posted, send a link to your posts to and we will highlight this on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page with Anita’s statement.
  • We will publish everything we have received by the end of this week and then update as you share more. It will look something like this.

  • This DEI page is in the About Us menu and linked to from the homepage. The DEI page can also be added as “featured content” to other pages (see instructions below).

County office group members who want to share the messages

    • Log in to the Extension website and go to your county page to edit it.
    • Scroll down to the “featured content” section and click the “select content” button.
    • In the pop-up title field type “Ed Ray” to find his statement and type “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” for the page with Anita’s message.
    • When you save, it will look like this.

If you would like more guidance for how you can do this on the pages within our Extension web presence that you are responsible for, please contact

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8421, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Walnuts: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in walnut orchards.

EM 9287, Survival Basics: Stress Less
Glenda Hyde, Lynette Black, Lauren Kraemer
New. In an emergency, fear and anxiety are a natural reaction. However, there are ways to prepare for those tense, anxious moments with an emotional toolkit that helps you cope and respond effectively during a disaster. This publication explores a sampling of mindfulness techniques to help you respond with resiliency in stressful times.

Healthy Community Outreach Grants of up to $25,000

Deadline to apply is July 1st, 2020! The intent of the Healthy Community Outreach Program is to empower local communities to work together to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians where they live, work, learn and play in ways that stimulate INNOVATION and COLLABORATION.  Grant project teams can consist of cross disciplinary / cross program collaborations.

Each project proposal may request up to $25,000 through this competitive process and up to 4 projects will be funded this year ($100,000 total project funding statewide).  Grant information, instructions and application can be found of the Moore Family Center website at:

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Tuesday, June 16 @ 3:00 pm: Designing with PowerPoint
Wednesday, June 17 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 19 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Check out some blog posts you may have missed in the past:
What is Everyone’s Role?
What exactly is a CRM… and why should I care?
Top 5 Tips for Program Pages
Email newsletter best practices you need to know
Better writing for easier reading
So, you want to make a video?

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar Series: The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation
Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a webinar series about racism’s impact on health and disparities. View a guide to the series here.

Webinar: Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions
In this webinar, the presenters will address tangible strategies for addressing anti-Blackness in schools, colleges, and universities. All educators and institutions looking for concrete strategies and next steps should attend. June 24, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Webinar: New Census data tools for COVID-19
The Census Bureau has released an interactive data hub resource page on COVID-19. The resource page is designed to help federal agencies, businesses and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how to navigate through this interactive data hub at a webinar on June 17,  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

DEI In the News

Civil Rights Law Protects Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules (NY Times)
The court said the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Universities Plan Fall Initiatives to Address Systemic Racism and Police Brutality (Diverse Edu)
“The students were very clear that they wanted to keep this momentum going in the sense that folks are paying attention and thinking strategically about these conversations,” said Dr. Charlene Alexander, vice president and chief diversity officer at Oregon State.

Extension in the News

Malheur land managers get early look at rangeland-threats course
Capital Press
Project Director Sergio Arispe, with OSU Extension in Ontario, said he’s offering an earlier version of the course to local land managers in light of several large-scale, public-lands proposals for southeastern Oregon with implications on livestock grazing, recreation and other uses. Instruction is planned via videoconferencing for up to 10 participants.

Good fences make good neighbors of humans, wildlife
Associated Press
“I think thoughtful management of shared habitat is the best option, both for us humans as well as the many wild species (vertebrate and invertebrate) that quietly support our ecosystem and economies via their ecological services and enjoyment value,” said Dana Sanchez, an Extension wildlife specialist with Oregon State University.

Fruit fly to emerge Sunday
The Observer
The Oregon State University Extension Service announced the pest should emerge Sunday in the La Grande area, with 50% of adult files emerging from the ground June 28.

HAREC hosts live potato research update
Hermiston Herald
Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center is hosting their first virtual live potato research update provided by university scientists from 6–8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Congratulations to the following list of Oregon ESP Members selected to present at the ESP National Conference Monday, October 5, 2020 – Thursday, October 8, 2020 in Rochester, New York

Concurrent Sessions
Shana Withee The 100 BEST Travel Tips
Sam Angima USA/China Small and Family Farms Blended Learning and Teaching Exchange
Susan Busler Taking That 1st STEP to Get Involved in 4-H

Poster Presentations
Katie Ahern Outreach and Education Increases Physical Activity
Susan Busler Can you DYG it? Dallas Youth Garden
Shana Withee Be Prepared, Reduce Risk – Extension First Aid Kit
Deb Warnock Productive Communication in the Workplace

Re-opening Signage

Re-opening signage created by University Marketing for OSU and Extension offices is now available. Spanish versions of the signage are being created and will be available soon.

Signs include:

  • Stay safe poster (which also can be made into a pull-up banner)
  • Enter and exit only signs and maximum occupancy posters for classrooms and conference rooms
  • Bathroom mirror hand washing reminder (which can be made into a mirror cling)
  • Floor sticker and window safe distance poster/window cling reminders

Use the PDF  to print items with office printers, share with local print companies, and/or order from OSU Printing and Mailing (P&M). P&M is ready to respond quickly to fulfill orders for posters, window and mirror clings and banners.

Face Coverings for Extension Employees

In support of the university’s efforts to keep employees, learners and communities safe and healthy, Extension administration is providing two reusable face coverings to each Extension employee. Distribution logistics are still being worked out, but we anticipate that OSU-branded face coverings will be shipped to Extension locations the week of June 22. (Some offices ordered additional face coverings for volunteers and others; we anticipate these will be included in the same shipment as the employee face coverings.)

EESC is coordinating with office managers on this initiative. If additional supplies are needed, work with your office manager. As a reminder, here is OSU’s face covering policy.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader,

2019-2020 OSU Extension Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following OSU Extension faculty for their promotion effective July 1, 2020! Their promotion follows rigorous analysis of their dossiers by peers and administration at several levels of the University, as well as external reviewers. We applaud their success and take pride in the accomplishments of our Extension faculty. Honorees are highlighted on the Faculty Excellence website.

Promoted to Senior Instructor II:
Tim Stock, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture

Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant II:
Michaella Sektnan, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Promoted to Associate Professor of Practice:
Brooke Edmunds, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
Amy Garrett, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
Daniel Leavell, College of Forestry, Forest Engineering, Resources and Management

Promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure:
Sergio Arispe, College of Agricultural Sciences, Animal and Rangeland Sciences
Jeremiah Dung, College of Agricultural Sciences, Botany and Plant Pathology
Rory McDonnell, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Amber Moore, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Leigh Torres, College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife

Promoted to Professor:
Sam Angima, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Guillermo Giannico, College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife
Andrew Hulting, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Patricia Case, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences
David White, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8418, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Apples: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in apple orchards.

EM 9289, Enhancing Urban and Suburban Landscapes to Protect Pollinators
Andony Melathopoulos, Neil Bell, Signe Danler, Amy Jo Detweiler, Iris Kormann, Gail A. Langelloto-Rhodaback, Nicole Sanchez, Heather Stoven, Dave Smitley
New. The way we garden and manage the landscapes of the Northwest can help promote the health of bees, butterflies and other insects. Homeowners, gardeners, landscape professionals and volunteer groups all can work to attract a wide range of pollinators to their properties. This guide offers detailed plant lists, garden designs and advice on creating pollinator habitat. Once plants are in the ground, learn to keep them healthy without exposing pollinating insects to pesticides that are toxic to them.

PNW 660, Integrated Management of Feral Rye in Winter Wheat
Drew J. Lyon, Andrew G. Hulting, Judit Barroso, and Joan M. Campbell
Feral rye (Secale cereale L.), also known as volunteer rye, is a troublesome weed in winter wheat production in the low- and intermediate-rainfall zones of eastern Washington and Oregon and southern Idaho. This publication describes the plant and provides recommendations for its management in winter wheat. Color photographs are included to facilitate identification.

Thank you Experts!

Due to the pandemic, we have had record volume in our Ask an Expert system. Only Colorado and Texas get more questions than we do. With our great success we want to make sure no one is getting overwhelmed or stressed. First, check your tags. If you are getting questions out of the geographic area you want, there is a tag for that. If you are getting strange questions that you have no clue about, check your tags. Finally, if you aren’t sure why you are being assigned certain questions drop Kym Pokorny or Sandy Reichhuber a line and we will be glad to look at your settings. Please know that if you feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a break and mark yourself out for a few days. We appreciate all of you and how you have stepped up to the plate with all the stay-at-home, first-time gardeners, as well as all the usual seasonal questions.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Tuesday, June 9 @ 3:00 pm: Habla Español – Spanish Practice
Wednesday, June 10 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Thursday, June 11 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)
Friday, June 12 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

No new resource this week but review our top three:

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Extension Implicit Bias Conversation: June 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE to receive connection information

The COVID 19 pandemic positions OSU’s Extension as leaders while communities navigate persistent and complex changes, often with attending negative impacts. How do we inform and prepare as faculty to respond most effectively to these challenges?

If we pay attention to the research, we know that implicit bias is real and that it can most readily be seen in vulnerable decision points, such as when we are especially pressed or when the options are ambiguous. As a follow up to an Extension leadership team’s reading of Jennifer Eberhardt’s book Biased and Jane’s recent Life@OSU interview, join SJEI Director Jane Waite and Extension Leaders for a robust interactive discussion on implicit bias, why mitigation is important and strategies for achieving best outcomes. The event will be an open discussion format, where questions from participants will drive the conversation. Contact with any questions prior to the event.

Habla Español – Zoom Spanish Practice
Tuesday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. Join this 30 minute session to learn or brush up on your Spanish speaking skills by practicing with others. Hosted by Victor Villegas, Technology & Media Support Coordinator. Join via Zoom or Add to calendar

Racial Equity Challenge Resources (Food Systems New England)
A wide variety of resources (general and specifically related to Food Systems), including curriculum materials, media/reading reccomendations for adults and children, and toolkits for outreach and implementation.

DEI In the News

Report: To Ensure Equity, Prioritize CARES Act Aid for Public Colleges (Diverse Edu)
While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is felt throughout higher education, a report from the Center for American Progress advocates that public colleges and universities deserve the largest allotment of aid to ensure that racial and economic inequalities don’t deepen.

Along With COVID, Racial Trauma Takes Extra Mental Toll on African Americans (NBC NY)
The protests breaking out nationwide, and even across the world, in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, are demonstrations of empowerment, anger, sadness, fear and depression, a result of racism against black Americans that has been simmering for decades.

Extension in the News

Oregon forest and ocean conservation, businesses suffer during pandemic
Wallowa County Chieftain
Kristopher Elliott, Outdoor School Program Leader for Oregon State University Extension, said school closures and cancellation of school trips meant that about 14,000 sixth-graders were unable to attend Outdoor School.

Oregon Garden Challenge: Free seeds and ongoing information to grow healthy food at home
The Oregonian
What’s the challenge? To plant different seeds, either ones you have or you receive from OSU Extension’s Food Hero team, and improve Oregon’s healthy food supply.

OSU Extension, Tillamook County Family YMCA hold Essentials Drive
Tillamook Headlight herald
The Oregon State University Extension Service in Tillamook and the Tillamook County Family YMCA are excited to announce a countywide effort to collect and distribute household essentials to food pantries and other sites June 1-19.

Food distribution event a trial run for future events
Argus Observer
Oregon State University Extension participated in the event.

U-pick farms reopening with safety features
Capital Press
Experts at the Oregon State University Extension Service say the additional practices will look different on each farm.

OSU Extension’s Food Hero to distribute 80,000 seeds as part of garden challenge
The News-Review
The Food Hero team at Oregon State University Extension Service is offering Oregonians a unique opportunity to grow vegetables and fruits at home.

Smart scouting for little cherry disease
Good Fruit Grower
New training materials are now available from WSU and OSU Extension, including fliers and booklets of symptoms.

How a break in the nation’s food supply caused regional food companies to soar
PBS News Hour
This piece features Lauren Gwin, associate director, Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems and Extension Community Food Systems Specialist.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Food Hero cooking classes go online and are a big hit. The videos, between six and 12 minutes long, walk participants through simple, nutritious recipes, such as a broccoli and beef stir fry or the Popeye Power Smoothie. Each recipe comes from the Food Hero website, where the Extension Service provides free, healthy recipes searchable by what ingredients families have on hand.

Congratulations on your National ESP Award!

Mid-Career Service Award –Patricia Skinkis
Early Career Service Award –Emily Henry
Administrative Leadership Award –Lindsey Shirley
International Service Award- Sam Angima
Diversity Multicultural Individual- Mario Magana

Operation Pallet Drop

Last week, at 18 distribution sites across the state, Oregon State University Extension Service employees worked side by side with the Oregon Army National Guard to sort, load and deliver personal protective equipment earmarked for agricultural producers and farmworkers to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The initiative – part of Oregon’s $30 million investment to secure the state’s food supply chain and protect essential agricultural workers – resulted in the distribution of 915,000 N95 masks and 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer in all 36 counties. It was a collaborative effort of OSU Extension, the Guard, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management.

Congratulations to those involved. There was significant media coverage, including:

OSU Extension serves as mask distribution site
Oregon National Guard distributes PPE to farmers across the state

State provides free PPE to agricultural businesses

National Guard joins effort to hand out masks for farm workers at Oregon Serigraphics Thursday

Ag Workers Prepare For Harvest Season Amid Pandemic

National Guard delivery

OSU Extension helps farm workers stay safe

In bid to protect workers, Oregon ag department hands out free masks, sanitizer
PHOTOS: Oregon National Guard, OSU extension distribute masks to farmers
Protective gear going to farmworkers, but needs still unmet

National Guard hands out PPE to Oregon farmers ahead of harvest

Virtual Extension Resources

The Virtual Extension resources on the employee intranet include our best how-to tips for delivering remote programming, and interviews with Extension faculty and staff on their lessons learned. As we plan to enter a new phase, Virtual Extension resources can help you blend remote and in-person programming.

Newly added information:

Welcome New and Promoted Employees

Emily Blume, Administrative Office Manager, Lincoln County
Carrie Berger, Forestry & Natural Resources Fire Extension Program Manager
Sarah Contreras, 4-H Education Program Assistant, Marion County
Daniel Jones, FCH Education Program Assistant,  Crook County,

Online Training for Extension Volunteers: Feedback needed!

Do you manage, train or work with Extension volunteers? If so, your insights are needed for a new online training for Extension volunteers that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion. Please join us on June 9, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. to learn more about the goals of the training and to provide feedback that will shape its development. Register now to receive connection information.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8419, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Peaches: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in peach orchards of the Willamette Valley.

PNW 737, Building resilience through engagement: Brenda and Tony Richards – Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study series: Increasing resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest
Sonia A. Hall, Tipton Hudson, K. Scott Jensen, J. Shannon Neibergs, Matthew Reeves, Georgine Yorgey, Emily Jane Davis
New. This publication is part of the Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study Series: Increasing resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest.

PNW 742, Revenue Sources for a Commercial Beekeeping Operation in the Pacific Northwest
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New. Pollination services and honey production are the primary revenue sources for a beekeeping business based in the Pacific Northwest. Those starting a beekeeping operation should focus on two to three revenue sources initially and diversify after gaining experience. This publication provides information for formulating a production plan and estimating sales for a PNW-based beekeeping business.

PNW 743, Operational Equipment Expenses for Commercial Beekeeping Operation in the Pacific Northwest
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New. When developing a business plan for a commercial beekeeping operation, a beekeeper must plan for honey production. Even if other income sources, such as pollination or nucleus/package/queen sales, are expected to be the primary revenue stream, honey bees almost always make honey in the PNW. The amount of honey will vary from year to year, but a plan for processing and selling honey is essential. The supplemental material includes two informational graphics that describe two forms of honey and wax extraction—the spinning method and the slurry method.

PNW 744, Beekeeping Equipment Expenses: Woodenware and Other Components
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New.Woodenware for a typical honey bee colony includes vertically stackable boxes with removable frames, a bottom board, lid and a queen excluder. The most common design is Langstroth equipment. Langstroth colony configuration varies widely among beekeepers but is generally standardized within an operation for ease of transport, storage and management.

PNW 745, Honey Bee Colony Maintenance Expenses: Supplemental Feed, Requeening and Medication.
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New.Success in pollination, honey production and other aspects of a beekeeping business depends on honey bee health. Strong, thriving colonies require many inputs from the beekeeper, including feed (carbohydrates and protein), medications and new queens when necessary.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom June 11th at noon to discuss what you need to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. Follow this link to join in the conversation and idea sharing:

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Tuesday, June 2 @ 3:00 pm: Microsoft OneNote Basics
Wednesday, June 3 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 5 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

It’s the two year anniversary of the Extension website launch. This week’s Navigator post includes two short videos that show the cool features of the web’s content management system, and other tips and reminders for frequently asked questions.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

DEI Response to COVID-19: From Principles to Action: On June 4, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am, Dr. Charlene Alexander, OSU’s vice president and chief diversity officer, hosts a conversation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the time of COVID-19 with a distinguished group of leaders on this important topic.  Speakers include Dr. Yvette Gullatt, Vice Provost for Diversity and Engagement and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs in the University of California Office of the President. Dr. Gullatt along with Chief Diversity Officers from the University of California developed guiding Principles on Equity and Inclusion During COVID-19. Panelists will consider the application of DEI principles in their work, lived experiences and identify ways to move from thought to action. Click HERE to Register.

InclusiveExcellence@OSU: IE@OSU is a professional development program for STEM faculty to understand and confront inequities in STEM education. The IE@OSU team is recruiting interested faculty for the Fall 2020 cohort of Fellows. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall Academy is shifting to a virtual format, which will take place over the course of Fall term. More information about the program can be found here. If you are interested in participating, please click here to complete a short survey; deadline to indicate interest is Friday, June 5. Please contact program coordinator Ann Sitomer with any questions.

DEI In the News

OSU President Ray addresses George Floyd killing (The Corvallis Advocate)
On Sunday, Oregon State University President Ed Ray released a statement concerning the George Floyd killing, and his views concerning policing.

Family Equity Story Series: The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made marriage equality the law of the land was life-changing for hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ families. The historic ruling, in Obergefell v. Hodges, granted every American the freedom to marry, and afforded same-sex couples and their children equal rights, benefits, and protections. As the five-year anniversary of this historic ruling approached, Family Equality brought together two LGBTQ+ families in Texas to explore what marriage equality means to them. These are their stories

Extension in the News

Keeping wearing your face masks to the grocery store, but you don’t need to have it on in the car
Salem Reporter
Yolanda Rodriguez, of Oregon State University Extension, poses for a photo in her mask on Wednesday, May 27 at a mask distribution event for farmworkers and the agricultural sector.

With fairs canceled, 4-H and FFA contenders face uncertain futures with livestock, competitions
Salem Reporter
Melanie McCabe, Marion County 4-H coordinator, is working with 4-H clubs and the county fair coordinators to create a virtual space for everything from breeding animal and market livestock classes to home economics and arts classes.

Getting set for a virtual auction
The Observer
“There wasn’t any other option but to go virtual,” Union County 4-H extension agent Carole Smith said, noting 4-H remains under closure orders because it is part of the university system.

‘Black Futures Farm’ grows food, fosters community
East PDX News
This particular location is ideal, Hill observed, because partners at the site include Portland State University, the Oregon State University Extension Service, Portland Public Schools, and the Multnomah County Master Gardeners program.

Easy Tips to Grow Your Best Garden
Consumer Reports
First, make a seed starter with compost, peat moss, and a drainage aid like perlite, using this recipe from Oregon State University.

Legal Ledger Brief: New resource for grazing management
Western Livestock Journal
Oregon State University Extension has developed a resource to assist livestock producers seeking to improve their pasture and grazing management.